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monotonous

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adjective mo·not·o·nous \mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs, -ˈnät-nəs\

Simple Definition of monotonous

  • —used to describe something that is boring because it is always the same

Full Definition of monotonous

  1. 1 :  uttered or sounded in one unvarying tone :  marked by a sameness of pitch and intensity

  2. 2 :  tediously uniform or unvarying

mo·not·o·nous·ly adverb
mo·not·o·nous·ness noun

Examples of monotonous

  1. Altogether, millions of mostly obscure entries in the public record offer details of a forced labor system of monotonous enormity. —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008

  2. At times, the grayness of the place was consumed by its own monotonous noise, of bars clanging, of inmates being led through the corridors, of guards yelling out orders … —Benjamin Weiser, New York Times Magazine, 6 Aug. 2000

  3. The monotonous chant of the indoctrinated, ideologically armored from head to foot … —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997

  4. The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note. —John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick, 1984

  5. <the lecturer's monotonous delivery threatened to put us to sleep>



Origin of monotonous

Greek monotonos, from mon- + tonos tone


First Known Use: 1776

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MONOTONOUS Defined for Kids

monotonous

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adjective mo·not·o·nous \mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs\

Definition of monotonous

  1. :  boring from always being the same <Our trip across the ocean was monotonous.>

mo·not·o·nous·ly adverb




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